Larva Pattern: Vickie’s UV Midge
My UV Midge has earned its place of honor in my fly box and become a staple pattern that I regularly turn to. I have been using the blood red and olive colors this month as I have found fish have been particularity drawn to these color variations.
According to Brian Chan, Fishing Advisor to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, chironomids are the most abundant aquatic insect in lakes. He reports that trout seek out bloodworms, especially in the spring and fall. The larvae are usually blood red and green and have worm-like appearance. They feed on decomposing plant and organic matter on the lake bottoms.
Check out his article: Chironomids: Spring’s First Insect Hatch
Trout caught on my Olive UV Midge
The UV midge came in handy when I recently fished a lake with sustained winds of 12-15 mph gusting up to 20+ mph. The wind buffeted the surface and put the hatch down. I could see no signs of feeding fish. I used a cast and retrieve and allowed the fly to sink without moving it. To maintain control of the pontoon boat during high gusts of wind, I positioned my boat with my back to the wind. Here is a video of a trout I landed that day.
Hartland Lake – Oregon Fishing Club
My UV Midge is effective using all forms of presentation. When dropping it under an indicator, use a slow hand retrieve.
When using a cast and retrieve presentation, the secret is to use slow retrieves. Use slow, 4-inch retrieves with a 5 second pause between each retrieve. The feeding bites can be soft. Be ready to set your hook at the slighted indication of resistance as you may not know that the trout has taken the fly until you begin the retrieve.
This trout sucked in my Blood Red UV Midge
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